Leicester Tigers sign Jean De Villiers

Jean De Villiers
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Leicester have confirmed the signing of former South Africa captain Jean de Villiers.

The length of the contract signed has not been specified by the Aviva Premiership club, but 34-year-old De Villiers will link up with the Tigers on December 1.

Centre De Villiers won 109 Test caps, before announcing his retirement from international rugby after suffering a broken jaw during South Africa's 46-6 World Cup pool victory over Samoa at Villa Park last month.

During a distinguished career, he featured in three successive Springbok World Cup campaigns, including being part of the South African squad crowned world champions eight years ago.

He is the Springboks' most capped centre, with only three South Africa players - Victor Matfield, Bryan Habana and John Smit - having made more Test match appearances.

" Jean brings invaluable experience to the squad," Leicester's director of rugby Richard Cockerill said.

"He is among the leading centres in the modern game and has played at the very highest level for a significant period of time.

"In recent seasons, we've brought in players like Brad Thorn and Lote Tuqiri from successful environments in the southern hemisphere, and they have made a significant contribution here.

"The signing of Jean de Villiers is another move in that style, and we look forward to welcoming him and his family to the Tigers and to him starting work with us on December 1."

The first potential fixture De Villiers could feature in for his new club is Leicester's trip to Worcester on December 5th.